When you have a big head, finding good glasses is a pain in the ass. My XL-sized noggin makes glasses from Oakley, Spy, and even ESS painful and pinching.
When my local gun store started carrying Magpul sunglasses I said ‘why not?’ and tried a pair on. Specifically, I tried on and purchased the Magpul Terrain glasses. What I found was a pair of glasses that fit my big melon, provide excellent eye protection, and are stylish enough to make me not feel like a tool wearing them.
That last part is important, especially if I’m going to be paying upwards of $100 for sunglasses.
The overtly tactical look of some eyewear just ain’t me and lots of ballistic rated lenses look a bit too tactical and high speed for me. The Terrain shades have a very neutral look as far as I’m concerned.
The lenses have an oleophobic treatment that provides chemical protection and a layer of scratch resistance. I can say I’ve handled these glasses with CLP-gunked hands and the CLP did nothing to the lenses. An anti-reflective coating is also applied to the inside of the lenses to cut down on glare and reflections.
The frame is made from TR90 NZZ, and to be honest, I had no idea what that means. A little research reveals it to be a common frame material for protective glasses and its a polymer that’s impact-resistant and quite flexible.
Scoping the Terrain
I’ve had these glasses for a little over a year now and they’ve been my main go-to choice for both shooting and general sunglasses. They swap duties with a pair of Costas on occasion. The Magpul Terrain glasses provide a comfortable, light option for those sunny Florida days. Especially when shooting at bright white paper targets.
I wear them for just about everything. Driving, hunting, shooting, fishing, and simply existing in a state where the temperature can best be described as disrespectful. They provide plenty of protection for my eyes when it comes to carbon, gun oil, and, of course, the occasional fragment return.
One of the times they became invaluable was when shooting my P220 West German model. It was spewing carbon rearward with some old ammo and I could feel it striking my cheeks and forehead. When I wiped the glasses off, there was plenty of carbon that had been directed right back toward my eyes.
They’ve been dropped, kicked, flew off the roof of my car before I realized I was missing them, and have been abused extensively. Yet they still give me a crystal clear picture and present me with an awesome level of protection.
The Magpul Terrain glasses are quite comfortable, very well made, and seemingly impossible to break.They also fit my XL sized head and face well.
Magpul does gun gear well and they seem to be doing sunglasses very well, too.